Two Boston Firefighters Killed Fighting a 9-Alarm Fire on Beacon St — Report of 18 Civilians and Firefighters Injured

VIDEO: High wind conditions as firefighters arrived to a residential fire at a large brownstone building while a Wind Advisory was in effect and winds were gusting up to 45 mph.

Boston Fire Department responded about 2:43 p.m. Wednesday to a fire in a large Brownstone type building at 298 Beacon St in the Back Bay. The fire is reported to have started in the basement and extended up.

A total of 18 patients were transported according to Boston EMS. Initially it was reported that eight firefighters were transported to area hospitals. Also, at least one of the firefighters was reported in critical condition. Then came the report that two firefighters were killed.

The firefighters killed were identified as Lt. Edward Walsh, 43, and firefighter Michael Kennedy, 33, who were assigned with some of the first firefighters to respond to the 2:43 p.m. fire Wednesday in a Beacon St. brownstone.

An early report indicates that the firefighters were trapped in a basement, but details have not been officially released as of 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Weather Conditions March 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM
Overcast and Windy
Humidity 27%
Wind SpeedNW 32 G 45 mph
Barometer 29.59 in (1001.8 mb)
Dewpoint 3°F (-16°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Wind Chill20°F (-7°C)

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